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No Worries If Not: A Funny(ish) Story of Growing Up Working Class and Queer

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Brilliantly written, amazing poetry and a heartwarming account of a young girl succeeding against the odds. In fact, No Worries If Not is full of truth-bombs that I whole-heartedly agree with: that council estates aren’t the hellholes they’re made out to be (I’m lower-middle class myself, but I mixed with a lot of kids from the council terraces right next to my primary school); that teaching children that there are options other than (compulsory) heterosexuality can save a great deal of pain and homophobia, both internalised and from other pupils; that attention- seeking should be renamed attention- needing; that first love is both wonderful and terrible; that some therapists/approaches ( cough mindfulness cough) can make things worse; and anti-depressants save lives. It covers class, womanhood, grief and queerness in a way that’s so real and accessible, to the point where it literally feels like you’re on FaceTime to the author or something, the amount of times I snorted out loud. And unfortunately, most women will have had to deal with someone like the nemesis, Jamie, in their professional life.

Reading it, I was surprised the terms “asker” and “guesser” weren’t more widely known or used today, seeing as social nomenclature has hit peak interest. Think of how many t-shirts you’ve seen aimed at girls with ‘be kind’ and ‘happy thoughts’ messages emblazoned on the front.She recounts her life from childhood, to teens, into adulthood through a mixture of short stories, spoken word, illustrations, and space for the reader to reflect (or draw tits. If you’re a chronic apologiser then read this, you’ll probably feel seen like I did, it’ll make you think about yourself, but it’ll make you howl too. I usually worry when I realise that the main characters in a novel are in their 20's, being in my 50's I can sometimes find then a bit un-relatable. At Billie, we believe the world is a better place when women don't have to face constant judgment—on their appearance, choices, or existence.

Soph is eight years younger than me, virtually my opposite in personality, and has very different tastes and interests to me, so alongside the universal truths above, No Worries If Not was an interesting insight into someone else’s world. She is, unfortunately, a bit of an expert when it comes to living with anxiety, and speaks openly about growing up with panic attacks and health anxiety. And then you'll be thoroughly entertained with not only the Girls Aloud fan club , but some poetry which is accessible, quick-witted, and relatable. I do think there were some very interesting ideas that I wished were looked at in more detail: the idea of women not apologising for taking up space and existing, the idea of reporting unwanted and unwelcome advances from co-workers, especially senior co-workers using said advances to manipulate women and control their careers. As I said as a piece of fiction it’s brilliant but with Teacher hat on - it would also make an excellent route for a school English/Guidance/Biology collaboration to open up positive discussion about the topics dealt with in the story.I hope it is, because I don’t want to be 10 years older with the meek desperation of a teenager asking for a lift. Also last week: I held a discussion thread about relationship doubts and got so many smart and thoughtful comments.

Think about it, if you’re apologising for things that aren’t your fault, how are people meant to know when actually you are, truly, very sorry? We want to make room for women to make their own rules, create new routines that truly serve them, and shake off the old pressures. Even though I would have liked the show to continue I do wonder what this cast could do if they didn't have the restrictions set by RTE. She recounts her life from childhood, to teens, into adulthood through a mixture of short stories, spoken word, illustrations and space for the reader to reflect (or draw tits.It comes as she has the realisation that she was that much of a serial apologist, she’d literally said sorry for a being a woman. Almost always the tweets are self-deprecating: Everyone’s making fun of themselves for being so accommodating , so socially anxious , so unable to ask for what they need . A highly enjoyable diversion with relatable characters, many authentic Newcastle references and a feel good plot. The long-awaited second instalment in Samantha Shannon's Sunday Times and New York Times-bestselling series Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory.

Once she had made her decision I thought things would progress in a different way and it became very repetitive and annoying that she took things so far the other way. Namely, to us, that we were guessers (mostly), which was making communication more complicated than it needed to be. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. My favorite article I read last week was “‘Severance,’ ‘Severance,’ and the Dissociative Demands of Office Labor,” by Rebecca Ackerman for Electric Literature , about the common thread between the book Severance by Ling Ma, the show Severance on Apple TV+, and the dystopian state of modern work (warning lots of spoilers).I don't see how Justine Stafford at the very least doesn't already have a long list of acting jobs in front of her, and Emma Doran, Michael Frye, Sean Burke, and Killian Sundermann are outstanding as well. It's too bad there isn't some form of cable network in Ireland that allows a little more freedom in content. It was something different, but I guess RTE has another reality show they want to fill a time slot with so no more actual well thought out comedy bits needed.

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